Sacramento sends winning run to the plate, but drops series finale to Aces
West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (24-38) rallied in the ninth inning to climb within two runs of the Reno Aces (40-24) Sunday afternoon at Raley Field, but that was as close as they would get, dropping the series finale 7-5.
Sacramento scored first for the fourth straight game thanks to an RBI-single by Ali Castillo in the second inning. The two teams traded blows over the next two frames and entered the sixth inning tied 3-3.
Dan Slania was on his way to having his best start this year with the River Cats until he unraveled in the sixth, allowing three runs on three hits in his final inning. An inning later, Reno tacked on another run off the newest River Cats reliever Heath Slatton to take a four-run lead.
In the ninth, Sacramento loaded the bases before Ryder Jones drove a base hit up the middle, scoring two and making it a 7-5 ballgame. The Aces then brought in closer Jimmie Sherfy, who struck out Mac Williamson and got catcher Tim Federowicz to ground out to end the game.
Sacramento will have an off day tomorrow, their fourth of the season, and start a four game series against the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday. The River Cats’ Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.37) will face the 51s’ Wilfredo Boscan (2-3, 4.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations